In PH315 (The Physics of Contemporary Challenges) we consider major societal challenges (energy generation, energy conservation,climate modeling, space exploration…) as the motivation and framework for learning introductory quantum mechanics, statistical mechanics, thermal physics and physical reasoning skills.
Students will learn the physics governing the efficiency limits of
And how the energy transfer between the sun, earth and space relates to the earth's climate, by learning the physics of
Students will develop familiarity with calculus skills
Students will be able to
PH211, PH212 and PH213.
|1st Fall||1st Winter||1st Spring||2nd Fall||2nd Winter||2nd Spring||3rd Fall|
|most physics major||PH211||PH212||PH213||PH315 & PH335|
|some physics majors||PH211||PH212||PH213||PH315 & PH335|
Exam and midterm topics may be discussed in lectures, assigned for homework, or for reading. Each student is responsible for compiling their own equation sheet (“cheat sheet”) for the midterm and final. The cheat sheet is one side of an 8.5 x 11 inch page.
The reading list for this class includes chapters from these books:
“Six Ideas That Shaped Physics Unit Q” 3rd Edition by Thomas Moore. You can rent this book from Amazon for $16.48. The book is also available on reserve at the Valley Library.
“Six Ideas That Shaped Physics Unit T” 3rd Edition by Thomas Moore. You can rent this book from Amazon for $24.08. The book is also available on reserve at the Valley Library.
Weekly homework will be assigned. Problems will include text-book type problems, and also reading assignments. Check the main page for assignments and due dates.
There is a 10% penalty if you miss the deadline at 5pm on Friday. There is a 50% penalty if you turn in the homework after the solutions have been posted.
When calculating the final homework score, I will drop the lowest score. This gives you flexibility to miss one homework if you need to.
Pay attention to the presentation of your homework solutions - physical insight and clear explanations are as important as mathematical manipulation. Clarity, logical structure, spelling, grammar, and neatness contribute to the overall assessment. Make your solutions a model that another student could learn from.
Science is inherently a social and collaborative effort. Scientists discuss, collaborate and build on each others ideas. Such systems are sometime abused, therefore, there are ground rules to ensure that everyone is given fair credit for their efforts.
A free download of Mathematica is available for OSU students: OSU Software services
Students with documented disabilities who may need accommodation, who have any medical information which the instructor should know of, or who need special arrangements in the event of evacuation, should make an appointment to discuss their needs with the instructor as early as possible, and no later than the first week of the term.
Accommodations are collaborative efforts between students, faculty and Disability Access Services (DAS). Students with accommodations approved through DAS are responsible for contacting the faculty member in charge of the course prior to or during the first week of the term to discuss accommodations. Students who believe they are eligible for accommodations but who have not yet obtained approval through DAS should contact DAS immediately at 541-737-4098.